Climate change causing more power outages #green #construction #power

Aug. 13--WASHINGTON -- On the eve of the 10-year-anniversary of a historic power outage that began in Ohio and affected 50 million people in eight states and parts of Canada, the Obama administration is warning that the power grid remains at risk. Although the power outage on Aug. 14, 2003, was started by a computer glitch and an overgrown tree, the Department of Energy said in a report released yesterday that disastrous weather is the primary cause of widespread power outages, and that climate change is likely to make that problem worse. Between 2003 and 2012, the report said, an estimated 679 widespread power outages occurred because of severe weather. Such outages, it said, cost the nation billions of dollars and disrupt the lives of millions of Americans. Last year, when superstorm Sandy led all other storms in destruction, weather-related power outages cost the nation...

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